Central Garden & Pet Names New Independent Director

Central Garden & Pet Company a manufacturer and distributor of branded and private label products for the lawn & garden and pet supplies markets, announced on Friday that it has appointed a new independent director, John Hanson, to the Company’s Board of Directors, effective immediately. The appointment of Mr. Hanson increases Central’s Board from nine to ten directors.

“We are pleased to welcome John to Central’s Board. John’s over 25 years of leadership experience in the Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) arena make him an invaluable resource for the organization,” said Sonny Pennington, Chairman of the Board of Central Garden & Pet. “He is well-versed on what it takes for a company to grow both organically and through acquisitions, and we look forward to his engagement with the Board and management as we seek to continue to drive long-term revenue and profit growth, all while enhancing shareholder value.”

Mr. Hanson has worked in a number of leadership positions in marketing, sales, and general management over his nearly thirty-year career. He spent four years as President of ConAgra’s Frozen Food division, where he had strategic and operational oversight for the portfolio of brands and grew the business organically and through acquisition from $1.7 billion in annual sales to over $2.5 billion while also increasing profitability. Mr. Hanson was also CEO of Oasis Brands where he led a turnaround and geographic expansion. He is currently a consultant to CPG companies.

Mr. Hanson earned a BBA in Management & Marketing and an MBA in Marketing from the School of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He currently resides in Scottsdale, Arizona.


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Christopher Durham
Christopher Durham is the president of My Private Brand and the co-founder of The Vertex Awards. He is a strategist, author, consultant and retailer who built brands at Delhaize-owned Food Lion, and lead strategy and brand development for Lowe’s Home Improvement. He has consulted with retailers around the world on their private brand portfolios including: Family Dollar, Petco, Staples, Office Depot, Best Buy, Metro (Canada), TLW (Taiwan) and Hola (Taiwan). Durham has published five definitive books on private brands, including his first book, Fifty2: The My Private Brand Project. In 2017, he will debut his newest book, Vanguard: Vintage Originals, a visual tour of innovation and disruption in private brand going back to the mid-1800’s. Dynamic in his presentation while down to earth and frank in his opinions, he has presented at numerous conferences, including FUSE, The Dieline Conference, Packaging that Sells, Omnishopper and PLMA’a annual trade show in Chicago. Durham lives in Charlotte, NC with his wife, Laraine, and two daughters, Olivia and Sarah.